How do you feel one year after the terrorist attacks?
Today marks one year since the September 11th tragedy. How do you feel about the attacks one year later? How do you feel about the way they changed America? Are you still trying to cope, or have you come to terms with what happened?
On the anniversary of this terrible tragedy, I grieve for the families and friends of the victims not being allowed to heal or move on. It is one thing to mark the anniversary with solemn & poignant events but it is quite another to publish pictures and videos of the event over and over again. We are a nation consumed by and addicted to sensationalism. The media should not air the footage and newspapers need not publish the horrifying pictures. The media should focus on the living heroes; those who saved lives and those who made it out of the buildings both at the WTC and the Pentagon. God Bless America and those who perished a year ago.
God help us.
Honestly I didn't think today was going to depress me all that much. I figured what was difference between yesterday and today. I thought I would feel the same pain I have felt for the past year. After listening to Howard Stern this morning re-broadcast 9-11 I now realiz that today IS different. I hope people never forget what was taken from us that day and what we've learned from these events. I also hope that we never stop fighting this resistence to our freedom.
Most of all I feel sad to see this once wise and brave country believe every lie that is fed to it and roll over at the drugging of the media in response to the COUP staged in this country last fall. No one even questions the connections between the Bush family's Carlisle group and Osama Bin Laden, no one even questions the stock "puts" that were placed on 9/10/01 by the comanys used as fronts by the CIA, no mention that the 'terrorists' landlord in Florida worked for the FBI...no one is willing to confront even the imagining of the fact that 9-11 was a U.S. black ops operation devised to excuse a war that had already been planned (and threatened) on the taliban, (and soon to be iraq, then iran, and saudi arabia)and excusing a power consolidation by the Fed govt. Now be good citizens and lash out that I'm callous and paranoid, go back to doing what TV tells you to and go buy something.
Jeff R, DC
Today, the details, emotions and colors surrounding me were more crisp then they've ever been. Today, a train conductor--in his humble manner--suggested that I try to have a good day. And, more importantly, to remember what today was all about. Today, I looked into the eyes of the crowds that swarmed towards their places of work. All seemingly quiet and subdued. They were remembering as well. Even the traffic was subdued and muffled. Only one sounding of the car horn I heard this morning. Much less than normal. That is, if you can define normal these days. I think I can. Normal is love, family, friends, laughter, sunshine and music...... Normal is a letter to a friend, or a phone call away. I feel more aware than I ever have. Humbled, and somewhat helpless. You compile all the details, all the events that occured after the 11th, and what is cummulated--to me--is a canvas of uncertainty. But what overpowers these emotions is freedom. Protecting our vision, and our beliefs are what matters to me. I will not forget the events of the 11th. Nor will I forget the reason's why it happened, or the people responsible. I truly believe in AMERICA. I may sound naive, dramatic....but it makes sense to me. More now than ever.
Sadness for those who needlessly died. Frustration with my fellow Americans who thought this could never happen here. We have NEVER been invincible. But we have been, and continue to be, arrogant. Anger with my government because the policies and practices of various administrations for the past 50 years have contributed to this. It's not entirely the fault of either Bush, or of Clinton, it's been most every president of the latter half of the 20th century. Continued understanding why the rest of the world hates and resents us. It's not entirely because they're jealous of our cars, freedoms or movies-- it's because we've foisted our values on the rest of the world for years. Hopeless that anything good will come of this, or that something fundamental will change.
I am sad and angry at the same time! I feel that we have made progress on our war against terrorism...but not enough! America has to wake up and realize we are at war....people's civil liberties and feelings MUST take a lower priority to the safety and freedom of this great nation! World War II, domestically, was about sacrifice for the greater cause! Why is this war any different? We as Americans must come together as a nation for the greater cause...to protect our freedoms and privledges! So toughen up America! And give up a little so we can gain ALOT for our and our children's future!
It is unfortunate that people have forgotten so much so soon, and that the consideration we showed one another in those first few weeks after 9/11 is already a thing of the past. The days ahead will challenge us all, and people should think a little more about others in their daily lives, and make small sacrifices. Wear you seatbelt. Hug your kids. Tell your family you care. Show respect for one another. Give a fellow American a break, a chance, a smile, a kind word, hold a door, practice random acts of kindness. Do the things that those who were slaughtered on 9/11 would do if they were given 24 more hours to live..........
One year ago today 19 radicals with four passenger planes killed almost 3,000 innocent people. Now think of what people like that could and undoubtedly would do with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. What would that day be like? It is too terrible to imagine. Not going after those who seek to do us harm and have acquired or seek to acquire such weapons would be an act of reckless folly. Appeasement and containment of people like Saddam will not bring “peace in our time.” Action is required and will be taken - French and Russian business interests in the UN be damned (we’re not stupid and know what you’ve been up to the last five years) - America will protect its people.
i think i will always feel a sense of sorrow and emptiness from 9/11/01. we have and must continue to move on, but will never forget that day. my heart will always ache for all the victims family, friends and rescue workers. also, it was nice to see everyone being so friendly and patient with each other this morning. it's just a shame i don't see it everyday.